In GVG Contemporary’s first show of the season “See How It Feels,” which opens on May 25, the four participating artists use abstraction as a way of exploring the emotive qualities of space, place and material.
“The thread that connects the work in the show really has to do with layering; layering material, layering emotion, the layers of memory that get compressed over time,” explains curator and artist Renée Lauzon.
“And yet, with each layer we get a cross-section of experience, one that we can see and feel, with each new affective event related to the previous one.”
Lauzon, a Santa Fe interdisciplinary artist working in sound installation, painting, conceptual writing and experimental music, exhibits a group of paintings in the show. “My paintings reference boundaries, borders, bodies, language and societal norms that affect and are affected by the experience we have in them,” she says. “When I paint, I am locating the space and my body within it, noticing how the layers favor texture, irregularity and variation.”
When Lauzon begins a new work, she thinks about what emotive space she wants to create. She works on the underpainting with a variety of water media or pencils to eliminate the white space and work out any gestural tendencies she has.
“I don’t like my paintings to be too neat, too confined, too precious or too geometric,” she adds. “There’s always a bit of narrative in them, like things I pick up in the news, my personal life or something I see in nature.”
The abstract watercolor and oil pastel paintings created by Virginia artist Ken Horne start with a simple shape or a particular color and emerge from Horne’s subconscious.
A psychotherapist with a master’s degree in fine art who makes time to paint on a daily basis, Horne sees painting as an expression of the workings of the mind.
“Components move forward and recede,” he says. “What interests me are how one shape relates to another and the tensions and harmonies between colors. I’m endlessly fascinated by color and drawn to its power and the feeling it radiates.”
The show also features ceramics by Maine artist Jonathan Mess and mixed media work with yarn by Chicago artist Cindy Pacyk.